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Japan Times
WORLD / Society
Sep 3, 2015
Selfie madness: too many dying to get the picture
The rise of selfie photography in some of the world's most beautiful — and dangerous — places is sparking a range of interventions aimed at combating risk-taking that has resulted in a string of gruesome deaths worldwide.
Aug 27, 2015
Police riled by flood of emergency calls tied to bogus tweets
A bogus message being shared on social media is causing a headache for the National Police Agency, as Twitter users have been tricked into dialing the emergency number 110 in at least 22 prefectures.
Aug 26, 2015
Japan fiscal 2016 budget requests to hit record ¥102 trillion
Budget requests by Japan's central government offices for the new fiscal year from next April are set to total a record ¥102 trillion ($853 billion), due primarily to social security spending growth in a rapidly aging society, government sources said Tuesday.
Japan Times
Aug 26, 2015
New web service aims to match aspiring athletes with scouts, teams
Catching the attention of scouts is often vital for pursuing a successful career path in sports, but this isn't easy if athletes weren't part of a famous school team.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Aug 19, 2015
New program gives troubled teens a chance at social rehabilitation
A 16-year-old parolee was sent to a social welfare facility in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward in late July to volunteer for social service as part of his rehabilitation.
Aug 17, 2015
Let's discuss emoji in ads
In a world where promotional videos are ignored and online ad banners are blocked, advertisers have learned to speak emoji.
Aug 15, 2015
Students finally find their voice
Japanese young people are becoming passionate about the importance of constitutionalism, democracy and human rights, in sharp contrast with the usual stereotype of passive, disinterested youths stuck in front of their video games.
Aug 10, 2015
China's largest 'social video' websites carry out self-censorship, study finds
In China, even aspiring singers and would-be comedians bow to constant and automatic online surveillance.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media
Aug 5, 2015
Asahi Shimbun apologizes for 'inappropriate' tweet about Shinzo Abe
Tadashi Tominaga, the newspaper's senior staff writer, had posted a photograph of an ultranationalist rally, writing that the participants were supporters of the prime minister.
Japan Times
Jul 30, 2015
Authorities slow with data changes ahead of new ID card
Municipalities are struggling to reorganize their information technology systems to guard against possible data leaks ahead of the government's implementation of a new ID card system in January.
Japan Times
Jul 15, 2015
Website give rookie protesters tips, as large rallies against security bills expected at Diet
As demonstrations opposing a pair of government-backed security bills continue to grow, the rallies are attracting a number of fresh faces, prompting veteran protesters to take to the Web to offer valuable tips for newcomers.
Japan Times
Jul 11, 2015
Steve Spencer Baker: 'No one in their right mind gets on a frantic elevator'
Freelance company director on science fiction, social media and early incarnations of Simply Red
Japan Times
Jun 29, 2015
Meet Shabani, the new alpha male role model
Photos and videos of Shabani, a male Western Lowland Gorilla currently living at the Higashiyama Zoo in Nagoya, are going viral. A look at what people are saying suggests that his charm goes deeper than just his good looks. Here are some highlights of this new social media sensation.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 25, 2015
'Sextortion' warning after victim targeted by crime ring
Users of social networking sites such as Facebook and Line are accustomed to receiving a "friend" request or a message from an unfamiliar contact. Most people ignore them, but the few who respond may need to think twice before pushing the send button.
Japan Times
Jun 19, 2015
Some of the world's cities take baby steps to protect women
Going out for dinner and not sure which area would be safer at night for a woman traveling on her own? Want to track your daughter to ensure she gets back from college safely?
JAPAN / Society
Jun 3, 2015
Number of welfare recipients in Japan hits record high
The number of welfare recipients totaled 2,174,331 in March, up 5,166 from the previous month, surpassing a record reached a year earlier, the welfare ministry said Wednesday.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
Apr 18, 2015
Teacher's assignment goes viral after pupils reveal secrets
A Colorado teacher who posted notes from her third-grade class online and started a social media whirlwind under the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew said Friday the assignment had been a revelation for her.
Japan Times
Apr 16, 2015
Sakura 2015: one nation under a pink canopy
Spring in Japan brings a wave of blossoming cherry trees that is celebrated through the nation for a short few weeks. Despite a spell of strong winds and heavy rain this year, most trees hung on to their petals for a memorable sakura season. Here's one last look at this special time.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 16, 2015
Number of minors abused by social media contacts hits record high
There were 1,421 cases reported of minors falling victim to crime via social networking sites, 128 more than a year earlier, the National Police Agency said.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Apr 16, 2015
Pushing Social Security reforms risky gambit, Christie admits
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is making cutting Social Security and Medicare the centerpiece of a possible presidential campaign, conceded on Wednesday that he is taking a risk with the proposal.


Several support networks have launched to help startup founders in Japan whose native language isn't Japanese.
As Japan's startup ecosystem grows, so does a supportive community of entrepreneurs